"100 Deadliest Days" For North Texas Teenage Drivers

Kristin Weisell
May 31, 2019 - 7:50 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The start of summer also brings the most dangerous time of year for North Texas drivers, especially teens. 

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the "100 Deadliest Days". There's a big spike in the number of deadly crashes involving teen drivers. 

"Teens are out during the summer, so they've got more free time and they're driving more," says Joshua Zuber with AAA. "That inexperience behind the wheel can lead to some of these crashes."

Speeding is one of the leading factors in deadly crashes involving teens. AAA estimates about 28 percent of those crashes are due to speeding. Driving while intoxicated and other distractions make up another 25 percent of these crashes.

Zuber says parents can do their part in teaching their teen to be a good driver and reducing deadly crashes. It starts with communication and modeling good behavior.

"Young drivers have been watching their parents ever since they were little and sitting in the backseat, right?" says Zuber. "It's all about leading by example."

Teens too can practice safer driving by keeping their phones out of sight and using a sober ride if they've been drinking.